Dan Keen

Dan Keen

Dan Keen is a director with Baker Tilly’s public sector advisory practice.

Dan Keen has more than 35 years of experience in local government, including 22 years as a city manager. He has served in leadership positions in professional organizations and is a speaker at workshops, conferences and seminars. Dan assists government leaders with strategic planning, facilitation, executive coaching and executive performance evaluation.

Dan has worked with several city councils in his career and has a keen understanding of goal setting and effective working relationships between governing bodies and their appointed chief executive. He served on the California City Management Foundation’s Board and assisted in developing best practices for city manager and council/board appointee evaluations. In his role as a former senior advisor for the International City/County Management Association, Dan provided coaching and advice to city managers. He has extensive experience facilitating discussions about performance between city councils and their direct reports.

  • Facilitated strategic planning and governing body workshops, chief executive performance evaluation processes and executive coaching
  • Developed a reputation for strong, ethical leadership with an emphasis on assisting cities in crisis including Vallejo, which had just emerged from bankruptcy, and Seaside, which had dismissed its previous city manager and had no full-time department heads
  • Extensive experience working with mayors, city council members and other elected officials. As city manager, worked successfully with many “divided” councils where difficult interpersonal relationships among council members were common
  • League of California Cities (former senior advisor)
  • International City-County Management Association (former senior advisor)
  • League of California Cities’ City Managers Department (past president)
  • California City Management Foundation (CCMF) (former board member)


Chicago, IL


Master of public administration and planning
University of Southern California

Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology
University of California, Los Angeles

ICMA-credentialed manager

American Institute of Certified Planners Certification